Buchu is perhaps the best known aromatic herb found in South Africa. Buchu’s major medicinal compounds are its essential oils isomenthone and diosphenol as well as volatile constituents like limonene, menthone, and l-pulegone. The essential oils were found to be active against many pathogens, has good antibacterial activity, and has been found to be very effective active against gram positive bacteria.
Buchu also has well known diuretic activity and finally an indirect ability to increase immune response. Some research highlights this herbs flavonoids which modulate inflammation and strengthen connective tissue helping alleviate arthritis and gout.
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